News Briefs, Marco Eagle, April 7

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Concerts bring musicians to MICMS

“The music was perfect, positive and joyful! A 10/10,” exclaimed Adrian Cueto, an eighth grader attending Marco Island Charter Middle School.

Adrian was referring to his experience in March when the Manhattan Piano Trio performed during his band class.

Wayne Lee, violinist for the Manhattan Piano Trio, talks to the class about the history of the piece they performed.

These clinics, which featured the Amernet String Quartet in February and the Manhattan Piano Trio in March, were designed to teach the students about chamber music through listening and interacting with working musicians.

Alyssa Reeves, a sixth grader, said, “The music was played beautifully and they taught me a lot about classical music that I didn’t know. I really enjoyed the concert.”

The in-class clinics were sponsored by Classic Chamber Concerts, William Noll, artistic director, a Collier County nonprofit whose mission is to provide world-class music for the enjoyment of SWFL and to educate and encourage all audiences to enjoy classical music.

Marco Island Charter Middle School principal and CEO, George Abounader, remarked, “The Classic Chamber Concert organization provided our band students with an incredible demonstration of talent that inspired them to carry on with their study and appreciation of music. The gifted musicians of the Amernet Quartet and Manhattan Piano Trio went above and beyond, engaging our students in a way that was truly remarkable.”

Florida Gopher Tortoise Day is all about community awareness

Florida Gopher Tortoise Day is being celebrated on April 10, with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission encouraging communities, organizations and individuals to help conserve this threatened species.

This year, seven counties – Alachua, Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Indian River and Sarasota - and the cities of Cape Coral, Flagler Beach, Melbourne, North Port and Venice are adopting Florida Gopher Tortoise Day resolutions. But anyone can get involved in helping Florida’s gopher tortoises.

Looking for ways to celebrate Gopher Tortoise Day and conserve the tortoise? Go to for information and activities for April 10 and all year long.

Cheek earns World Hunting Award ring

Dr. Gregory R. Cheek received the 2017 World Hunting Award ring from the Safari Club International (SCI) organization on Feb. 2.

The World Hunting Award rings, introduced in 1995, is the highest award in the World Hunting Awards program, recognizing extraordinary efforts in conservation of wildlife. These rings represent the premier honor in the world of hunting. To date, less than 100 people have been awarded this honor.

Greg Cheek, his family and the award ring.

Cheek was an accomplished athlete, especially in football and boxing, and was a Michigan amateur light-heavyweight champion with many professional fights (36 W – 6 L.)  Cheek received his Bachelor and Masters degrees in manufacturing engineering and a doctor of business administration degree.

Cheek and Jessica, his best friend and wife, started 26 different business and together have managed and grow PLM Lake and Land Management to a successful multi-million dollar aquatic company with locations throughout the Mid-West and South, United States.

Cheek has been a Marco Island resident for over 20 years. He is a member of the Marco Men’s Club, MICA, Racquet Center and Wesley Methodist Church.